Irises forum: Bearded Iris heirloom ID please!

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Apr 12, 2018 7:41 AM CST
These were passed on from my great grandmother to my mother. She had them as long as my mother can remember. So they date to at least the 1950s. I know I've seen them in other gardens but would love to know a name. Blooming right now in zone 8b.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 12, 2018 11:24 AM CST
bkrell ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Thumbs up I wish that I could help you....maybe someone here that has more experience can be of assistance.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 12, 2018 3:13 PM CST
welcome bkrell, to the iris forum. wish i could help start the search, but you will need to take close-ups of all parts of the flower and plant. you might also want to include the height of the iris, size of the flowers, color of the beards, and whether your iris may have purple-base foliage.

there are so many look-alike irises, and unless you grow all of them side-by-side there maybe no conclusive evidence....it's a tough one, but maybe someone who knows more about historical irises might be able to help you? there may be fewer historical blue iris, so it may be easier to identify?

if the task might be too daunting, your iris is beautiful iregardless of a name. enjoy and love it for the garden legacy it brings with it. it was loved by your great-grandmother, and has found it's way to you to be loved. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

if you stick around long enough on this forum, i am sure that there are many here that would share a yardful of beautiful, named iris for the cost of postage.

give the one you have a lot of love.....it is very pretty!
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Apr 12, 2018 3:19 PM CST
Hah, thanks! Yeah, I figured it wouldn't be easy. I know very little about iris, other than spending the last 4 years eradicating yellow flag from my yard. I definitely enjoy it. I just didn't know if, with the timeframe involved, it would be easier to narrow down, similarly to daylilies.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
Apr 12, 2018 4:53 PM CST
Welcome to the forum. You have some good advice for narrowing down what you have. Once narrowed a bit you would need to grow the suspected variety near-by and compare closely.
It is definitely NOT Mary Frances for several reasons: MF is too ruffly and is 1971 variety, fall not correct either.
Good luck
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Apr 12, 2018 5:19 PM CST
Mary Frances? Did I miss a post?
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
May 2, 2018 9:29 PM CST
I've been doing a little more reading on the heirloom varieties. Does anyone think this is Iris pallida Dalmatica? Seems logical for something that's been in the family so long...
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 3, 2018 12:14 AM CST
Welcome bkrell! Welcome!

What beautiful memories that are attached to that iris.

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